CAMINOS Sessions

We’re excited to connect with you this week for CAMINOS: Your Virtual Journey to College! Each session this week has been carefully planned to encompass cultural topics within higher education. Below you can see what will be discussed each session as well as view prior presentations.

Session 1: Welcome & Latinx Identity

The Latinx identity is a multi-faceted one and can differ from person to person based on family origins, cultural traditions, where you grew up, and many other factors. Our introductory session into the CAMINOS focus week will welcome you to the program and celebrate your Latinidad and what it means to you. Additionally, we’ll be covering a brief history of Latinxs within higher education in the United States.

We’ll also have a Chat & Chew with CAMINOS where you can communicate with staff members and learn more about us!

Marcela Torres-Cervantes, Assistant Director for Community Outreach and Engagement in Multicultural Student Affairs, will join us. Read more about Marcela below!

Speaker Bio:

Marcela joined the Wolfpack as the Assistant Director for Community Outreach and Engagement in Multicultural Student Affairs in July 2017. She advises Mi Familia, and Asian Students in Alliance (ASIA). Marcela holds a BA in Sociology from George Washington University and an MA in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia. Her research and professional interests include Latinx advocacy, normalizing mental health discussions in communities of color, and student identity development in higher education. In her free time, she enjoys listening to podcasts, singing in her car, watching romcoms, and being a cat mom to Luna.

Presenters: Jacqueline Lopez and Marcela Torres-Cervantes

View the presentation here.

Session 2: Applying to College While Latinx

Did you know that college enrollment among Latinx student increases every year? Our goal is for you to be part of that number! We’ll cover important information about the college admissions process and what colleges are looking for in applicants. We’ll also talk about how to incorporate your cultural identity within your application.

We’ll have a Chat & Chew with current NC State student, Fabián Delao Sotelo, where you can learn more about his experiences at the University. Read more about Fabián below.

Speaker Bio:

Hello! My name is Fabian Delao Sotelo and I am a first-generation college student here at NC State. Currently, I am in my second year of college majoring in Science, Technology, & Society (STS) in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences with a minor in Technology, Engineering, and Design Education (TDE). I am a native Spanish speaker of Mexican descent. I participate in various programs around NC State such as a peer mentor and TRIO.

Presenters: Joselyn Barrientos and Justin Richardson

View the presentation here.

Session 3 (Day and Evening Sessions): Being Latinx at NC State & Spanish Financial Aid

Day Session
In college, you’ll have the freedom to any and all aspects of your identity through different resources, opportunities, and the people you’ll meet along the way. This session will encompass resources and support services available for students in college, with an emphasis on the Latinx experience at NC State. Additionally, we’ll have a Chat & Chew with current NC State student, Nicole Lopez Vargas, where you can learn more about her experiences! You can learn more about Nicole below.

Our session will be facilitated by Marcela Torres-Cervantes.

Speaker Bio:

Nicole is a fourth year social work major and a political science minor. She transferred to NC State last year from Wake Tech and has become very involved with the Latinx community at NC State. This coming year she will serve as the president for Students for Immigrant Rights (SIRE), where she hopes to continue to give back to the immigrant community with other service minded people. Her future goals include going to law school for immigration, and working at nonprofits like the ACLU.

View the presentation here.

Evening Session (Parents)
During Monday’s session, we’ll be affirming the concept that the college application process is a very family-oriented journey. We’ll have a special session for all parents who would like to attend in the evening. We will joined by Juana Hernandez from the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) at 5:30 p.m., who will conduct a Spanish-language information session about financial aid and scholarships for different colleges and universities.

You can learn more about Juana below.

Speaker Bio:

Juana Hernández Urquiza is originally from Mexico, Estado de Mexico, but raised in Raleigh, NC, which she considers her hometown. Ms. Hernandez Urquiza earned her Bachelors of Arts from North Carolina State University. She has over 8 years of experience working with young adults and their families. She has worked with the North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals, Communities in Schools, The Juntos Program at NC State University, and Haven House Services.

She is currently the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) State Representative for Spanish Services. Hernandez Urquiza travels the state helping Spanish speaking youth and families plan, apply, and pay for college. She also works closely with community partners, educators, colleges, and universities to identify college access strategies for underrepresented and first generation students.

Ms. Hernandez Urquiza is the first in her family to attend and graduate college, and like many students, she was unaware of the steps to attend college. Thus, she is committed to serving youth and their families across NC and ensuring that families understand, feel comfortable and have the resources to help their student achieve academic success and attend higher education.

Presenters: Marcela Torres-Cervantes (Day Session) and Juana Hernandez (Evening Session)

Session 4: Latinx Youth Advocacy & NC State Latinx Alumni Panel

Day Session
Underrepresented groups may face unique issues, and as youth it can be hard to know how to make an impact. We will be joined by Iliana Santillan from Poder NC Action, who will talk about her experiences as an organizer and how youth can use their voices to create change in their communities.

Read more about Iliana below!

Speaker Bio:

Iliana Santillan is the People Power Director at Poder NC Action, she has been an immigrant rights activist in North Carolina for 16 years. She started her career as an ESL teacher in Sanford, she loves working with youth and is passionate about working with the rural community. Iliana is determined to work with leaders across the state to bring out much needed changes for the Latinx community in NC and beyond.

Evening Session (Students)
Throughout this week, you’ve heard from current students about their experiences while in college. Our evening session at 5:30 p.m. will allow you to meet some NC State alumni, hear where they are today, and how their identities have shaped their journey in the professional world.

You can read more about Jasmine, one of our NC State alumni, below.

Speaker Bio:

Hello! My name is Jasmine. I’m super excited to be working with CAMINOS! I am a current senior at NC State University. I’m majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in IT. I’ll be graduating this fall! Both of my parents are from Guanajuato, Mexico. I grew up in Raleigh…Raleigh is home which is why it was natural for me to pick NCSU as a first choice.

Right after high school I attended Wake Tech Community College for two years and then transferred to NCSU. I love NCSU and all it has to offer. I’ve had the opportunity to meet and find the Latinx community at State, participated and taken on leadership roles during my time here. CAMINOS is such a great resource, I hope you all make the most of it. I’m super excited to get to know you all!